When purchasing a big suitcase, I had thought mine should be a rare color out of those common black and red suitcases so that I can spot my suitcase easily during baggage claim.So I chose for violet one(2 and half years back) but nowadays I tend to see a lot of violet color suitcases :((I think most of the people started thinking like me :P).So, I decided to add bright luggage tag to identify my suitcases easily.If you are in the same situation as mine ,stick around to learn how to make your own luggage tag using duct tape.
Duct tape in your desired pattern and a contrasting color duct tape
Clear plastic or shipping tape
Sticky back Velcro
Step 1: Making of duct tape fabric
Take two strips of duct tape about 8" each. Place the sticky sides together to form duct tape fabric.Fold it into half for the luggage tag.
Step 2: Making of closure
Take a 3" inch duct tape.
Cut a half inch square on both the ends of one side of the tape.
Fold the tape one above the other to form the flap.
Use the sticky area to attach the flap to the one end of 8" inch duct tape fabric which you made in the previous step.Shape the edge as desired.
Attach one side(hook side) of the velcro to the inner side of the flap and stick the other side(loop side) of the velcro on the back of the 8" duct tape fabric at the appropriate position.
Step 3: Add clear plastic for inserting address label
Cut clear plastic (or fold a piece of shipping tape to the required size) with 3.75" length and 2" width. Add an half inch duct tape on all the corners . Fold the duct tape on to the inner side on the top alone. Place the clear plastic on the inside of duct tape fabric and fold the remaining tape to secure the clear plastic on to the duct tape fabric.You can now write your address and phone to contact you in case of any emergency like baggage delay ,etc.And also if you are making a round trip ,write the "To" on one side and "From" address on other side and switch it up while returning back.(Does it make sense ??)
Step 4: Cover the front
Take a contrast color duct tape about 4" inch and trim the corners for 0.25" inch and paste the tape on to the front of the luggage tag. Add any sticker or decoration to the front of the luggage tag
Step 5: Take a long strip for attaching the luggage tag to the suitcase
Take 10" of duct tape and fold both the sides overlapping one above the other to form a long strip.Make a slit at the top to insert the strip(If you want double the strength ,add a extra bit of duct tape inside and out before making the slit).Insert the strip to the luggage .Overlap and secure the strip to the luggage with a piece of tape. Tada!! Your luggage tag is now ready.
So, How easy was that ?? I don't want the address to show out so I made it this way but if you don't want to include the address label or you don't want to add a closure, you can cut the duct tape length in the step 1 as 4" instead 8". Also you can use any material like a cardstock and ribbon to make this tag instead duct tape.What are you waiting for ?? Take your xacto knife and start crafting!!